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Small Businesses Resources, Part 1: The Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC)

Published on Feb 1, 2012

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Small-Business-ResourcesIf you’re an entrepreneur, or small business owner, there’s a very good chance that you can benefit from getting involved with the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC). They provide excellent resources — both locally and nationally — for networking, funding ideas, free forms, community connections and much more. In a Nutshell … “America’s Small Business Development Center Network is the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories. The mission of the network is to help new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership, and assist existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.” — ASBDC To make full use of the resources the ASBDC provides, it’s a good idea to take a look at both their national website, as well as the local website. ASBDC National Website Here, you’ll find an abundance of resources including:
  • The ASBDC Blog
  • A gateway to special offers, discounts and opportunities
  • Free webinars from ASBDC partners
  • Helpful links for small businesses regarding information, products and services
  • Business resources for veterans of America's Armed Forces
  • Disaster assistance
  • There’s also an annual conference which, “brings together over 1,400 Small Business Development Center (SBDC) professionals, trainers, consultants, management, and administrative personnel.” The 2012 annual conference is September 11th. Let’s Talk Local (SBDC) Each local small business development center (SBDC), offers unique opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners based on the needs of each individual state and city. There are programs in place focusing on topics like startup business solutions, youth entrepreneurship programs and veterans business programs — to name a few. Some local SBDCs  offer networking events that bring small businesses together. Of course, attending classes or presentations will also give you the opportunity to meet other business owners — making your professional circle larger and stronger. Local SBDC websites are chock-full of information, but you can also call to speak to someone the old-fashioned way — by phone. I have spoken to my Wisconsin SBDC, and I can honestly say that the representative I spoke with was extremely knowledgeable, pleasant and happy to answer questions and offer direction to relevant resources. As an entrepreneur or small business owner, you need every edge you can find to build and maintain a successful business. The SBDC is an excellent place to find this. Related Links: SCORE SBA.gov Startup America Business Blogs blog